Mustangs struggle against Fort Collins

Adam Hothersall
Special to Colorado Community Media
Posted 2/19/20

It has been a rough stretch as of late for Mountain Range basketball. After starting the season 11-4, the Mustangs now have dropped their last five contests — all of in conference play. Feb. 11 …

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Mustangs struggle against Fort Collins

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It has been a rough stretch as of late for Mountain Range basketball. After starting the season 11-4, the Mustangs now have dropped their last five contests — all of in conference play.

Feb. 11 against visiting Fort Collins, MR gathered an early 11-6 lead but struggled the rest of the way in the 55-43 defeat.

“I think our defense in the first half had decent energy,” Mountain Range coach Jordan Carter said after the game. “I think we showed a level of fight for a little while, but it was disappointing to see it trail off later in the game.”

The frustrations for the Mustangs began in the second quarter after FC went on a 12-7 run to notch things at 18 going to the break. Live-ball turnovers and missed shots around the rim handcuffed the home team from any sort of groove, that lingered into the new half.

Exchanging leads twice with two ties, Fort Collins finally began to pull away with two minutes left in the third at 35-28 — their largest margin of the evening.

“It’s frustrating because it seemed like we didn’t have any level of fight. That’s disappointing, and that’s something I have to figure out. My job is to get the guys ready to play, and obviously, I didn’t do that tonight,” Carter said. “A lot of what happened tonight wasn’t inherently related to talent, it’s just heart, desire, and I didn’t see that tonight. On the other side, Fort Collins played a hell of a game. I wish we would have shown some of the hustle they did. I can accept losses, but I have a hard time accepting being outworked so thoroughly.”

Expanding the lead to 48-33 with four minutes left with smothering defense, the Lambkins pulled away to gather their fourth conference win in 10 tries — leaving the Mustangs searching for answers as the season dwindles down to its final three affairs.

“I think a lot of it is looking into the mirror, not only as a player but as coaches. The film doesn’t lie. You’re never as bad as you think on film, but you’re also never as good as you think on film. Also, looking at what got us to 11 wins. At one point we were 11-4. How do we get back to that point? What were we consistently doing, what plays we were making? It’s a lot of self-reflection, and that’s an important thing that sports teach us. The kids will have to utilize that in life, at their jobs, so hopefully we can do that, and finish strong these last three regular-season games.”

Leading Mountain Range in scoring, senior Logan Dexter and junior Connor Hindson tallied 15 and 12 points apiece as the only double-digit scorers. Hindson also led the group with five rebounds while seniors Jacob Dexter, Gavin Hardwick, Dexter, and junior Truman Chambers recorded four each. Chambers led the team with four assists.

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